Vikram Akula’s new book A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability is all set to hit the markets after November 9, 2010.The book is being published by Harvard Business Press and will be available in a Hardcover edition.
A Fistful of Rice is populated with stories of a colorful cast of characters ranging from corrupt politicians and local thugs to strong village women and brave new employees. Cameos include Bill Gates, Michelle Obama, Mohammed Yunus and Rahul Gandhi. A Fistful of Rice also shows how the author learnt more from India’s poor than he did from his time in classrooms and consulting for McKinsey. Through this book Vikram Akula is trying to give voice to a new type of entrepreneurship that applies basic business principles to provide the poor with more economic opportunities.
A Fistful Of Rice can be pre-ordered in India at Flipkart.com for Rs 371 only.
International Readers can pre-order it on Amazon for US$ 17.79
Publishers Description of A Fistful of Rice
Around the globe, poverty has held too many people in its grip for too long. While microfinance – small loans to impoverished individuals – initially attracted attention in the press, it didn’t achieve the scale, scope, and profitability necessary to substantially combat poverty. All that changed with Vikram Akula’s creation of SKS Microfinance.
In this highly personal narrative, A Fistful of Rice, Akula reveals how he pieced together the best of both philanthropy and (to his surprise) capitalism to help millions of India’s poor transition from paupers to customers to business owners.
As thoughtful as Barack Obama’s personal journey in Dreams from My Father, as harrowing as Paul Farmer’s battle against infectious disease in Mountains Beyond Mountains, and as gripping as Greg Mortensen’s fight for education in Three Cups of Tea, Akula’s story shows how traditional business principles can be brought to bear on global problems in new ways.
A Fistful of Rice offers not only inspiration but also lessons for anyone seeking to transform tenacity, creativity, and innovation into potent tools for fighting even the most seemingly intractable human burdens.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: ?Am I Not Poor, Too??
Chapter 2: Putting the Last First
Chapter 3: The Story of My Experiments with Grameen
Chapter 4: Rangoli Powder and Handfuls of Seeds
Chapter 5: The McDonald?s of Microfinance
Chapter 6: Goat Economics
Chapter 7: Google Territory
About the Author
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business Press (November 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1422131173
- ISBN-13: 978-1422131176